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Corey Clement's journey leads to career day against Broncos

Corey Clement's journey leads to career day against Broncos

While Eagles fans were ecstatic about the Birds bulldozing through the Broncos' No. 1 ranked defense for 197 rushing yards and the smashing debut of Jay Ajayi, rookie Corey Clement had a big day as well.

Of the Eagles running backs' 34 carries, Clement led the way with 12 touches (his most of this season) for 51 yards (4.2 average) and three touchdowns (two rushing and one receiving).

Not a bad day at the office for someone who didn't have any carries the first two games of this season. Over the last two games he's now had 22 rushes for 105 yards. What he helped contribute in this game is a clear indication that Doug Pederson has total confidence in the first-year back.

"To be honest with you I just took advantage of every opportunity that came to me," Clement said. "As an undrafted rookie free agent you can't let any opportunity slide. At the same time I gotta thank the O-line, Coach Pederson, the wide receivers blocking up such a great game, and allowing me to get into the end zone."
     
Clement has become an integral part of arguably the deepest backfield in the league, and with the addition of Ajayi there's only so many touches to go around.

"We have a saying that iron sharpens iron," Clement said. "If you have great backs in the room everybody wants to compete, and guys are going to want to stay on the field. If you want reps you gotta keep putting up numbers, just making sure the production stays up. You either get better or get worse."
     
Nine games into the season, his production is on the rise. Not bad at all for a a guy who didn't get drafted, didn't know if he'd make the Eagles' roster nor stick in the NFL for that matter and a guy who's just trying to find his niche in a stable of more seasoned runners.

"I just gotta thank the Eagles organization for even giving me a chance to come in and be a part of camp to show what I could do," Clement said. "It wasn't easy, not at all. It was some ups and downs. At the same time I just kept my head to the sky, and just knew what I could do if given the opportunity. Being a rookie I just want to be a big part of this. I'm not a selfish player, and God doesn't give you more than you can handle."

Eagles are raffling off a real deal Super Bowl ring for charity

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Eagles are raffling off a real deal Super Bowl ring for charity

Jeff Lurie has turned into Willy Wonka for a good cause. 

The Eagles on Wednesday announced that they’re going to raffle off a Super Bowl ring and all the proceeds will go to the Eagles Autism Challenge, Inc. 

This is pretty cool. 

Click here to donate and enter.  

The coolest part is that the ring the Eagles will give away on Dec. 3 before Monday Night Football against Washington at the Linc, is the real deal ring. The one the players got, with all 219 diamonds and 17 green sapphires. And it'll be personalized. 

The contest is underway and runs through Sept. 30 at 11:59 p.m. Fans can enter the contest by making a donation to the Eagles Autism Challenge, starting at $10 for 100 entries. The fan who wins will also get 50-yard line seats to that Dec. 3 game. 

There are also other incentives for fans who submit 2,500 entries or more. 

The Eagles have already done incredible work through their autism challenge, raising over $2.5 million at the inaugural event in May. This is a pretty cool way to raise even more money for a good cause.

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On his 35th birthday, a look at possible Darren Sproles milestones

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On his 35th birthday, a look at possible Darren Sproles milestones

Generally speaking, running backs either begin to decline or hit a wall around the time they turn 30. 

That hasn’t happened to Darren Sproles. 

In fact, today is Sproles’ birthday. He turns 35 and after rehabbing his way back from a torn ACL and a broken forearm, he still hasn’t shown signs of slowing down. That, in itself, is pretty incredible. 

Since it’s Sproles’ birthday, it seems like a good time to look into the elite company he can join this year as a productive 35-plus-year-old in the NFL. 

Sproles will enter the 2018 season with 19,155 all-purpose yards. He’s already eighth in NFL history and has a chance to surpass quite a few names on this list with a productive season. There are just seven players in front of him and five of them are already Hall of Famers: 

Jerry Rice: 23,546
Brian Mitchell: 23,330
Walter Payton: 21,803
Emmit Smith: 21,564
Tim Brown: 19,682
Marshall Faulk: 19,190
Steve Smith Jr.: 19,180

It’s impossible to know just how productive Sproles will be in 2018, especially as he’s coming off a significant knee injury. Last year, he had only two healthy games and he had just 88 all-purpose yards in them, putting him on pace for 704. That would have been significantly lower than his three previous seasons with the Eagles. 

In those three previous seasons, we saw a very slight decline from 1,237 in 2014 to 1,171 in 2015 to 1,108 in 2016. 

But if Sproles can return to form and is able to eclipse 1,000 all-purpose yards in 2018, he’d become just the eighth running back in NFL history to do it at age 35 or older. A search of Pro Football Reference shows the top mark ever for a running back over 35 (must be 35 or older on Dec. 31 of that year) was Herschel Walker’s season in 1997 (1,336). 

If Sproles eclipses that 1,000-yard mark, he’d also become just the second Eagles player (any position) to do it at 35 or older. The only other Eagle to do it was Irving Fryar, who had 1,316 back in 1997 too. 

He’d also move past Smith, Faulk and Brown into fifth all-time in all-purpose yards, becoming just the fifth player in NFL history to surpass the 20,000-yard mark. 

Even in 2016, when he had a down year as a punt returner, Sproles still had 224 punt return yards. If he surpasses the 200-yard mark this season, he’d be just the third player in NFL history to do it at 35 or older. The other three are Michael Lewis (336 in 2007), Leo Lewis (225 in 1991) and Mel Gray (205 in 1996). 

And this year, with the new kickoff rules, there’s a chance the Eagles might use him as a kick returner too. More chances to pile up yards. 

The man himself doesn’t care too much about individual achievements; he’d rather win another Super Bowl. But that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy tracking his progress. 

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